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VAN ZANDT SURGES FOR TITLE, BOOKER WINS 3RD SENIOR CROWN

Matt Van Zandt

THE WOODLANDS, Texas (May 8, 2014) -- Matt Van Zandt shot a final-round 73 to slip past overnight leader Kyle Nathan and win the 2014 Carlton Woods Invitational.

The Houston resident shot 76-70 over the course of the first two days and took advantage of Nathan's final-round 78 to win by a shot.

Nathan, from Glenview, Ill. had held the lead over the first two rounds with a 69-73 start but couldn't find the same magic in Thursday's finale.

Draegen Majors, from Stillwater, Okla., shot 76-73-73 to finish solo third place ahead of Shaun Helmle (77-73-75).

Chris Causey, Brady Exber and David Poteet finished tied for fifth while Chris Wilson, Beau Davis and defending champion Colby Harwell tied for eighth.

Mike Booker
Mike Booker found himself in a familiar spot Thursday -- the top of the leaderboard. Booker, a local favorite, shot 71-73-72 to win his third Carlton Woods Senior title by a shot over Jeff New.

New entered the final round one shot off the lead shared by Booker and Larry Nunez. He kept pace with Booker but couldn't upend the veteran champion.

Nunez shot 79 in the final round and tied for fifth place.

Recent Tower Invitational champion Mike Peck shot rounds of 79-68-74 to finish solo third in the senior flight.


NATHAN HOLDS MID-AM LEAD; BOOKER, NUNEZ SHARE SENIOR

Kyle Nathan

THE WOODLANDS, Texas (May 7, 2014) -- After two rounds of play, Kyle Nathan remains ahead at the 2014 Carlton Woods Invitational.

Nathan, who took the first-round lead on Tuesday, remained ahead by three shots over a host of contenders hoping for some final-round magic on Thursday.

A re-instated amateur after a brief professional career, Nathan, from Glenview, Ill. followed his opening-round 3-under 69 with a 1-over 73 on Wednesday. He'll enter Thursday's finale leading Suwanee, Ga. golfer David Poteet (72-73) by three.

Matt Van Zandt of Houston is alone in third after shooting a second-round 2-under 70 to bounce back into contention.

Brady Exber is fourth at 3-over after shooting 72-75 while Broc Haymon rounds out the Top 5 at 4-over.

In the Senior Division, Larry Nunez (71-73) is tied atop the leaderboard with two-time champion Mike Booker (71-73).

Jeff New, who shared the first-round lead after Tuesday's round with New and Booker, shot 74 and is alone in third.

Recent Tower Invitational winner Mike peck shot the round of the tournament -- a 4-under 68 -- and shot back into fourth place ahead of Don Kuehn and David Clement, who sit tied for fifth at 4-over.


NATHAN LEADS MID-AM, 3 TIED FOR SENIOR LEAD

THE WOODLANDS, Texas (May 6, 2014) -- Re-instated amateur Kyle Nathan of Glenview, Ill. fired a 3-under 69 and leads all scorers after the first round of play at the 2014 Carlton Woods Invitational.

Nathan's superb round puts him three up on two contenders with national resumes. David Poteet of Suwanee, Ga. and Brady Exber, a seven-time Southern Nevada Golf Association Player of the Year, shot even par 72 and are tied for second place.

Michael Bode and Brett Snortland are tied for second with 74s while Randy Lance and defending champion Colby Harwell are tied for sixth place after the first round.

Former champion Mike Booker leads a trio of players tied atop the leaderboard in the Senior Division of the 2014 Carlton Woods Invitational.

Booker, Jeff New and Larry Nunez all shot 1-under 71 and are tied for the lead after Round 1 at Carlton Woods.

Booker, is a two-time champion in the Senior Division.

Don Kuehn, Owen Joyner and Michael Mercer all shot even par 72 and sit tied for fourth place while Chuck Palmer and James Primm are tied for seventh.

All told, there 13 players within five shots of the lead entering Round 2 of the 54-hole stroke play championship.


HARWELL, POOL WIN 2013 TITLES IN PLAYOFFS

THE WOODLANDS, Texas (May 9, 2013) -- Colby Harwell charged from the back of the pack with the low round of the day to claim the 8th Annual Carlton Woods Invitational in a playoff over 2nd-round leader Randy Lance.

Harwell carded a beautiful 2-under 70 to come from three shots down on the back nine. Lance was solid throughout the day, and had his winning putt on No. 18 narrowly lip out.

Robert Funk and Nicolas Cristea just missed the playoff when both players made bogey on the last hole.

"What a great event played on a Championship golf course" said Harwell. "I just kept fighting all day, and sometimes things go your way, this is truly an honor to win this event".

True to form "The Invitational" had another fantastic finish.

Doug Pool
SENIOR DIVISION: POOL OUTLASTS BOOKER IN PLAYOFF

Mike Booker opened the final round looking for his 3rd consecutive CWI championship, but Doug Pool had one too many answers on this warm May afternoon.

Pool carded three birdies on the back nine to surge into the lead, but a bogey on hole 18 dropped him into a playoff with Booker.

After one playoff hole wasn't enough, the two players headed back to the tee again. Booker just missed the green to the right and was not able to get up and down while Pool hit two solid shots and tapped in for par to win his first CWI.

The inaugural Hullender Trophy, named after legendary Senior Amateur Bob Hullender, was raised high for the first time by Pool.

"It was a great match all day against Mike (Booker), and it could have gone either way" said Pool. "It really meant a lot to pull this one out".

This was the first time in tournament history that both divisions were decided by playoffs.

LANCE LEADS MID-AM, BOOKER AND POOL TIED FOR SENIOR LEAD

Randy Lance
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THE WOODLANDS, Texas (May 8, 2013) -- Round 2 of The Invitational brought a little more wind and firmer greens to the table, but Randy Lance did not get up. Lance fought through difficult conditions to card a 72 with 16 pars.

Staying consistent and playing for par proved to be the key to success for Lance, who is seeking his first Carlton Woods Invitational victory.

Close on his heels are defending champion Kevin Marsh and Houston City Amateur Champion Bart Worthing. Robert Funk jumped into the fray with the day’s only under par round of 71.

With 9 players within 4 shots of the lead, the championship is truly up for grabs. Round 3 action begins at 8 a.m. on Thursday, and if history has anything to say, we should be in for another great finish !

Mike Booker
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Doug Pool
SENIOR DIVISION: POOL, BOOKER SHARE LEAD

Mike Booker, in search of his third consecutive Carlton Woods Invitational had another brilliant stroll around the Fazio Course today carding his second consecutive 71 to tie for the lead.

Doug Pool surged into a tie with Booker with a sterling 33 on the back nine including birdies on 10,11,12, and 14. Hunter Nelson is quietly sitting 1 shot back with first round leader Eddie Lyons only 2 back.

These weren’t the only players in the field with highlights, as The Woodlands High School coach Steve Cribari holed his second shot for eagle on No. 13, the first on that hole in CWI history.

The third round is truly shaping up to be a shoot-out with a strong leaderboard headlining the final day of action!

MAXWELL, LYONS LEAD AFTER ROUND 1

Eddie Lyons
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THE WOODLANDS, Texas (May 7, 2013) -- Kyle Maxwell of Houston, Texas recovered from a double bogey on the back 9 to fire a two-under par 70 to lead a packed leaderboard after Round 1 in the Mid-Amateur Division.

Six players bested par, and 13 players are within three shots of the lead, including defending champion Kevin Marsh at 1-over par.

Colby Harwell also added to an action-packed first round with an ace on No. 14 at the Fazio designed course. With the weather expected to be perfect again Wednesday, we should expect some exciting action on “moving day” at the 2013 Invitational.

SENIOR DIVISION

A bogey on the opening hole did not discourage Eddie Lyons of Louisiana the least bit. Mr. Lyons didn’t make one the rest of the day while adding four birdies to his card for an opening 69 to lead the field.

A slew of established senior players are in the hunt including two-time defending champion Mike Booker at 1-under. Booker birdied 17 and 18 to vault into contention heading into Round 2.

Eight players are at par or better, and with this talented field the race for the Hullender Trophy is still wide open.


MARSH, BOOKER TAKE CARLTON WOODS TITLES

Kevin Marsh
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THE WOODLANDS, Texas (May 10, 2012) -- The final round of the Carlton Woods Invitational was billed as a “Texas Shoot-out” and it did not disappoint. ’09, ’10 Champion Kevin Marsh arrived at the 17th tee two shots out of the lead knowing a birdie-birdie finish was a must to have a chance.

Marsh hit driver-driver on the Par 5 17th just short of the green and converted for the first birdie. Next came the shot of the tournament. Leaving himself 200 yards to a tucked back right hole location on No. 18, Marsh hit a high cutting 5 iron to six feet and buried the putt for birdie. Marsh was in at 2-under for the event tied with Colby Harwell, who was in the 18th fairway waiting to hit his approach. Harwell blocked his approach which left him short sided right of the green, with an impossible up and down. He proceeded to hit a great chip to 20 feet to set up a putt for the tie which just grazed the left edge of the cup.

The dramatic finish ended with Kevin Marsh claiming his third Carlton Woods Invitational title and earned him exemptions into the Stocker Cup and Crane Cup for the upcoming year. “I feel extremely lucky”, said Marsh. “To win this event 3 times and especially today to win like this -- I just can’t think of a better experience in golf”.  

SENIOR DIVISION: BOOKER SETS RECORD

Mike Booker

Mike Booker’s record setting 66 in round two provided plenty of breathing room for the final round. No one in the division was able to make a move with a challenging final round course setup.

Booker overcame two double bogeys on the front nine to finish in style with a closing 34. His strong finish set a new Carlton Woods Invitational senior division scoring record at 6-under par for the tournament and made him the first repeat champion since Bob Hullender. "I thought it would be easy with a 9-shot lead” said Booker. "I had some conservative thinking on the front nine and then decided to ditch that and play some golf on the back, and that sure worked out better for me”.

Booker’s wire-to-wire victory will go down in the record books, and what a performance it was for the hometown player.


BRADY EXBER, JOE SANDERS TIED FOR LEAD IN MID-AM DIVISION

Joe Sanders
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THE WOODLANDS, Texas (May 9, 2012) -- Brady Exber and Joe Sanders both survived double bogeys on the back nine of their otherwise solid rounds of golf to grab a share of the lead heading into the final round on the Fazio Championship Course.

Colby Harwell birdied the 18th to get into the final group and is only 1 shot back.  2-time Invitational champion Kevin Marsh is in a group at even par 2 shots off the pace. Buzz Baker showed he’s not ready to go home with the low round of 70 on day 2. Fourteen players are within 6 shots of the lead and have one more chance to challenge Mr. Fazio’s design tomorrow. With the championship on the line, it should make for a classic “Texas Shoot-Out”.

SENIOR DIVISION: BOOKER HAS HUGE ADVANTAGE

Mike Booker

Showing total control in all parts of the game, Mike Booker cruised around the Fazio Championship Course in 66 strokes building a 9 shot lead after 2 rounds. Booker started his run on hole 7 and continued with birdies on 4 of the next 5 holes.

“Wow, what a day ” said Booker, “It felt like I was in college again out there today, it feels great to turn back the clock”.

Booker’s round set a new Carlton Woods Invitational tournament record and puts him in the driver’s seat with one round to go. Jeff New made a run at Booker on the front nine with a sizzling 32, but fell off the pace coming in to settle for a still sterling round of 69. The chase of Mike Booker will begin at 8:00 am tomorrow morning, but it is going to take a fast start, middle, and finish to catch him.


THREE TIED FOR LEAD IN MID-AM DIVISION; BOOKER LEADS SENIORS

Brady Exber

THE WOODLANDS, Texas (May 8, 2012) -- Birdies were flying during round 1 of the Carlton Woods Invitational on the Fazio Championship Course on Tuesday. 

Brady Exber eagled the second and followed with birdies on Nos. 4 and 11 before bogeying 18 for a round of 69 and falling into a three-way tie for the lead. 

Andrew Lawson and Joe Sanders carded 6 birdies each in route to their respective 3 under par scores. 2 time champion Kevin Marsh rode a hot putter for 7 birdies and a round of 70 to tie for 4th along with Robert Funk whom are one shot behind the leaders.

“The set up today gave us a chance to be aggressive and take some chances with our approach shots” said Marsh, but they had better be on the money or bogey was going to follow”. 

With a great field on a classic risk reward golf course, the next two days should provide plenty of excitement for everyone.

SENIOR DIVISION:

Mike Booker

Defending Champion Mike Booker got off to a solid start while trying to win back to back Carlton Woods Invitational Championships.

Booker hit all 18 greens while playing bogey free golf in route to a 2-under par 70 on the Fazio Championship Course.

“It was one of the best ball striking rounds I’ve had in a while” said Booker who is a member at the club.

Steven Hakes from San Diego, California made 4 birdies in a row during the middle of his round to finish in a tie for second with Brad Mosing, one shot off of Booker’s pace. With a dozen players within 4 shots of the lead it should make for an exciting final two rounds.


2012 CARLTON WOODS TEES OFF ON TUESDAY, MAY 8

Fazio Hole #13
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The 7th Annual Carlton Woods Invitational has arrived with much anticipation. Not only is 2011 Senior-Amateur Champion Mike Booker back to defend his title, but the event has a different look to it from the players’ perspective this year. The tournament is being conducted this year at the Tom Fazio Championship Course at The Club at Carlton Woods. It has been 4 years since the Fazio Course has been used for competitive rounds for the Invitational.

The change in venue from the Nicklaus Course to the Fazio Course is one that has been greeted by players with great enthusiasm. With more than 80% of the field coming out for practice rounds on Monday, the eagerness by many to tackle this challenging layout was clearly visible.

Speaking about the change in the course being used, Tournament Chairman Marty Benson said,

“We are very lucky to have two world class golf courses here at Carlton Woods. The decision to change to the Fazio Course this year was an easy one.”

The field in this year’s tournament is widely regarded as one of the strongest in the tournament’s seven year history. Unfortunately, it is missing one key player: the 2011 Mid-Amateur Champion David Bartman. Bartman is being sidelined due to a back injury and hopes to return for next year’s tournament.

With a strong field, including a defending champion, and a world class golf course, this year’s 2012 Carlton Woods Invitational is sure to provide us with some exciting golf. Check out the "results" page for live scoring as the players come in each day.


“COAST TO COAST” EXEMPTIONS in 2012

STOCKER CUP INVITATIONAL October 24-28, 2012

The Carlton Woods Invitational is ascending to the national stage with “Coast to Coast” exemptions in 2012. In 2006, The Club at Carlton Woods had a vision to create one of the most prestigious events in amateur golf, six years later the Invitational is making a big push towards accomplishing that goal.

After attracting a national field of players and building a solid foundation for the future, the Carlton Woods Invitational is moving to the national stage with the announcement of two special exemptions for our winners this year. The Mid-Am and Senior division winner will receive an exemption into the Stocker Cup and the Crane Cup invitational tournaments. Exemptions into these two prominent amateur events will provide added excitement and prestige to the 2012 Carlton Woods Invitational.


2012 CARLTON WOODS INVITATIONAL MOVING TO FAZIO

Fazio Hole #13
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The 7th annual Carlton Woods Invitational will be held at the Tom Fazio Championship Course in 2012. The Fazio course was opened in 2005 and has gained national exposure in its short history. Fazio was named the #1 Best New Private Course in Texas, and #3 Best New Private in America along with other accolades in its six year history. The rolling terrain, undulating greens and beautiful bunkering will be a pleasure to experience for all players. The Fazio Course’s beauty is only bettered by its difficulty. At 7,358 yards from the championship tees the Fazio course offers a stern test to any great player. A new chapter in the Carlton Woods Invitational is beginning this year. Our two special exemptions for the 2012 Stocker Cup and 2013 Crane Cup along with move to Fazio could make 2012 the most exciting Invitational to date.

 

Bartman/Booker Claim 2011 Carlton Woods titles

David Bartman (left) and Mark Steinbauer of Carlton Woods

THE WOODLANDS, Texas (May 13, 2011) -- David Bartman, of Los Angeles CA, shot a one under par 71 to win the 6th Carlton Woods Invitational Mid-Am Division by one shot over Dusty Smith of Beaumont TX and by two over Mark Knecht of Paducah KY. Bartman’s round had some “downs and ups” in winds that increased throughout the day.

Bartman's hard wedge on the short par-3 12th hole found the water in front of the green, and he needed to make an 8 foot putt for bogey. On the long par-3 17th, he hit a 3-iron to 3 feet and made birdie.

Playing behind first round leader Dusty Smith, Bartman watched from the 18th fairway as Smith made a 10 foot par putt that Bartman thought was a birdie. Thinking he needed birdie to tie, he hit a 3-wood from the rough on the par-5 and found the greenside bunker. A fine sand shot set up a short birdie putt for the win.

Mike Booker (rt) and Mark Steinbauer of Carlton Woods

University of Houston alum Mike Booker won the Senior Division by five shots over Jerry Hudgins, of Kingwood. Booker is a member and former Club Champion at The Club at Carlton Woods, and believes "It’s sometimes harder to play at your own course, in front of your friends, with higher expectations.”

For Booker, the challenge of the round was staying in the present and not losing focus. He played a steady round hitting 15 of 18 greens. His round felt good all the way around, but he knew a low score could come out of one of the groups ahead. He finished the round with a utility wood from 213 yards that set up a 15 foot eagle putt and a two-putt birdie on the 18th hole.

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